THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BAND-A Degradation Theory

"...my music is perfect, you could go back to Beethoven and s***, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got." -Kanye West Since the Second Industrial Age began in the late 19th century, human civilization has been continuously shaped and reshaped by notable advancements in technology. With every relevant invention or improved method of production, merchants scurried for the latest competitive edge while their customers rushed the market in search of Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE (Chase The Sample Super-Mix)

Wooooooooo, this is fun!  When it comes to music, I love taking a concept as far as it can go, so the 'Room To Breathe (Chase the Sample Super-Mix)' is a perfect example of my arguably unhealthy obsession with developing a good theme to its full conclusion.  In the past, it was 'Meatshake' or 'Einstein Buys a Monkey' but in 2016, I came up with the idea of singling out an element from my Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP

I am very pleased to announce that Unique Records will be releasing my first ever solo album 'ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP'.  This record contains ten, high-velocity, Hip-Hop tracks for listeners who enjoy intricate, action-packed rhyming skill showcased over fresh loops and funky drums.  Lyrically, I pushed myself as far as I could go with regard to style, pace and feel and the result, in my untrustworthy opinion, is a seriously cool collection of Read more

BEFORE GAYE VS. THICKE, THERE WAS FANTASY VS. FOGERTY

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John Fogerty performing in 1970

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Fogerty doing an imitation of himself in 1984

From 1968 to 1971, John Fogerty took Creedence Clearwater Revival to the top of the Rock’N’Roll world scoring ten consecutive top-5 hits, many of which featured B-sides tracks that also charted.  All but one of those hits (Suzy Q was a cover) were written and arranged by Fogerty who also held down lead vocals and guitar.  As CCR’s popularity grew, John Fogerty’s prominence became a divisive issue within the group and the other members (Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty-John’s older brother) argued for greater influence in the band’s future direction.  So cantankerous was the situation that Creedence eventually split at the height of their fame and never worked together again. Usually, band breakups are ugly but this one became particularly acrimonious when Cook and Clifford (Tom Fogerty died in 1990) sided with the group’s former label ‘Fantasy Records’ when the company took John Fogerty to court for copyright infringement in 1993.  Extraordinarily, the Fantasy lawsuit actually claimed that John Fogerty’s 1985 solo single ‘Old Man Down the Road’ was a Creedence rip-off which essentially meant that Fogerty had, according to Fantasy, plagiarized himself.  It was as if a teacher accused their student of cheating off his own paper… Read more

THE STORY OF A FAMOUS DOG

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THE STORY OF A FAMOUS DOG

“I wrote what?”

‘Atomic Dog’ is an Electro-Funk symphony and a futuristic ghetto-opera rolled into one.  Although this messy masterpiece wasn’t a massive commercial success, 1982’s ‘Atomic Dog’ became a classic in the streets and its basic groove has been sampled to spawn more Hip-Hop songs than any column of a reasonable length could list.  Unsurprisingly, the tune was created in a most unusual fashion…

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